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Who’s Hot, Who’s Cold: Blue Jays Pitchers

A quick look at how our pitchers have started the season.

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Our pitchers have done a pretty good job over the first 14 games of the season. We’ve allowed 3.79 runs per game, putting us sixth in the AL.

Our starters have averaged 5.6 innings per start, fifth in the AL. I figured we would be towards the bottom of the league in that stat. The starters have a 4.58 ERA. The relievers a 2.38 ERA.


Jaime Garcia: 3.18 ERA in 2 starts, 11.1 innings. Batters hit .231/.318/.462 with 4 walks and 12 strikeouts.

He had two pretty good starts. I’d like to see him pitch a bit deeper into games, but he’s been good for a number 5 starter.

Roberto Osuna: 0.00 ERA in 7 games. 7.1 innings, batters hit .087/.125/.087, with no walks and 5 strikeouts.

He’s allowed just 2 singles in 7 innings. Much better start to the season than last year. 5 saves. He didn’t have 5 saves until May 8th last year and by then he had 3 blown saves.

Ryan Tepera: 2.25 ERA in 8 games, 8 innings. Batters hit .192/.300/.346 with 3 walks and 9 strikeouts.

He allowed a solo homer. He had such a tough spring I was a bit worried. They talked about him being a ‘long reliever’ type, but he’s pitched 1 inning in each of his appearances.

Tyler Clippard: 2.35 ERA in 8 games, 7.2 innings. Batters hit .080/.148/.320 with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts.

He’s give up just 2 hits, but both were home runs. I think we are going to have to live with the home runs, but he’s been good.


Marcus Stroman: 7.98 ERA, in 3 starts, 14.2 innings. Batters hit .295/.389/.426 with 10 walks and 16 strikeouts.

He’s having a rough start to the season. He hasn’t gotten into the 6th inning yet. I’m not really worried, yet. I’m not sure what’s going wrong, but he’s a hard worker, I’m sure he’ll figure it out.

Seung-hwan Oh: 3.00 ERA in 7 games. In 6 innings batters hit .345/.387/.517, with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts.

He had a save and a win, but batters are hitting him hard. It is just 6 innings.

John Axford: 3.38 ERA in 6 games. Batters are hitting .304/.385/.391 with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts.

He’s given up a lot of base runners. He’s only had one clean outing so far.

Aaron Loup: 7.36 ERA in 5 games. Batters are hitting .412/.444/.647 with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

His last two outings were pretty awful. He’s only had one clean outing.


Aaron Sanchez: 3.66 ERA in 3 starts. 19.2 innings. Batters hit .250/.378/.412 with 11 walks and 13 strikeouts.

His last start was excellent. And his first start went well until his last pitch. The middle start was a quality start, 6 innings, 3 earned.

Marco Estrada: 4.24 in 3 starts, 17 innings. Batters hit .234/.306/.453 with 7 walks and 14 strikeouts.

The 3 home runs allowed was the mark against him. He had 2 good starts and one bad start (4 innings, 4 earned against the Orioles).

J.A. Happ: 3.94 ERA in 3 starts, 16 innings. Batters hit .254/.329/.460, with 5 walks and 23 strikeouts.

The strikeout to walk rate is very impressive. The 4 home runs allowed isn’t so great. He’s had a couple of poorish starts and one good one.

Danny Barnes: 1.23 ERA in 8 games, 7.1 innings. Batters hit .300/.300/.433 with 0 walks and 10 strikeouts.

Tough to know where to put him, batters hit .300 against him, but he hasn’t walked anyone.